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What are linking words?
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  • 1. LINKING WORDS
  • 2. LINKING WORDS • Linking words are words and phrases which indicate a connection. They usually appear at the beginning of the sentences. • These words work in the way that help the reader understand how the information in the text is organised. That´ s why, they are also called text organisers and discourse makers. Moreover, (and this is one example of linking word, as you will see) hiere are a long selection of words and phrases that set a particular pace in the sentences.
  • 3. ADDING LINKING WORDS • This type of linking word introduces more information which extends the previous statement. For instance: Besides, Moreover, Furthermore, What is more, In addition, In addition to… Apart from this / that, For example, For instance, as well as also too Likewise,
  • 4. ADDING LINKING WORDS ◊ The city is a famous shopping centre. Moreover, it is well-known for its art galleries and museum. Furthermore, people can enjoy its long beach. ◊ He´s got a wonderful job in the main city. Besides, he has got a good income. Apart from this, he also has got a company car. ◊ Mark adores spiders. In addition, he wants to buy a snake. ◊ He is an excellent football player as well as an excellent athlete. ◊ He is an excellent football player and an excellent athlete, too. ◊ He is also an excellent football player and athlete. ◊ He is an excellent football player. Likewise, he is an excellent athlete. ◊ In addition to having a three spiders, he also has a snake at home. ◊ He is reading his shopping list. For example, / For instance, he has to buy potatoes, onions, carrots, pears and tomatoes.
  • 5. SUMMARISING LINKING WORDS • Summarising comes from summary. For this reason, (another linking word meaning consequence) these linking words are used to put an end to a text or to introduce a conclusion to a text. To sum up, Summing up, All in all, Overall, In short, In conclusion, In brief, In general, In the main, On the whole, Broadly speaking, To conclude,
  • 6. SUMMARISING LINKING WORDS ◊ In conclusion, / In short, it is important to spread the news about the medical discovery. ◊ On the whole, / Broadly speaking, she had a very happy childhood. ◊ In brief, / In general,/ In the main, we are satisfied with the work. ◊ To sum up, / Summing up, To conclude, the meal in the new restaurant was appalling. ◊ All in all, / Overall, the decision was generally applauded by everyone.
  • 7. LINKING WORDS • So far so good? Now your teacher is going to deliver a worksheet to practise linking words. • The answers can be checked here
  • 8. CONTRASTING LINKING WORDS • These linking words sets a surprise contrast with the previous sentence. Although, Though, Even though, While Despite (the fact that) In spite of (the fact that) But However, Nevertheless, On one hand … on the other (hand) In contrast, In contrast to… On the contrary,
  • 9. CONTRASTING LINKING WORDS ►Although and though have the same meaning. In informal speech though is more common. They introduce an idea A with which the main clause or sentence B is in contrast. ►When we say “Although / Though (sentence B), (sentence A)” hiere is something unexpected or suprising about sentence B. ►Despite and In spite of are used when you are mentioned circumstances which surprisingly do not avoid something from happening. ►But / However / Nevertheless are used when you are adding a comment which contrasts with the previous sentence. ►On one hand … on the other (hand) means “that is true and this is also true if we look at it from a different viewpoint”. ►On the contrary means “that is not true, the opposite is true”.
  • 10. CONTRASTING LINKING WORDS ◊Although / Though / While the machine is old, it should work for a few more years. ◊ Despite the fact that / In spite the fact that the machine is old, it should work for a few more years. ◊ The machine is old. However, / Nevertheless, it should work for a few more years. ◊ The machine is old, but it should work for a few more years. ◊ On one hand, it is not actually raining now. On the other hand, it may rain later, so you should take the umbrella. ◊ All in all, / Overall, the decision was generally applauded by everyone. ◊ The machine is old. In contrast, it should work for a few more years. ◊ In contrast to being old, the machine should work for a few more years. ◊ Do you ask me if the film was interesting? On the contrary, it was a complete waste of time.
  • 11. LINKING WORDS • So far so good? Now your teacher is going to deliver a worksheet to practise linking words. • The answers can be checked here

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